275th G-View: Garakowa: Restore the World

This was a movie that piqued my interest when it was first announced and it being available to watch on Crunchyroll was also a nice treat. Question is whether the movie is worth watching? Let us take a look at Garakowa: Restore the World.

Garokawa Restore The World

Alternate Title: Glass no Hana to Kowasu Sekai

Genres: Drama, Science Fiction

Running time: 66 minutes.

G-Rating: 7/10

Plot Summary: A floating space without gravity where an infinite number of lights shine in different colors: The “Box of Wisdom.” Inside of this box, there are multiple worlds, multiple timelines, and there used to be many different people. This is where Dual and Dorothy were fighting with enemies called “Viruses.” Worlds infected by viruses must be erased. That is the duty, the job of these girls. However, one day, Dual and Dorothy feel the presence of a new Virus. Arriving at the scene, they see a girl being attacked by Viruses. After saving the girl, the duo wait for her to awaken so they can ask who she is, where she came from, and where she is going. Finally, when the girl opened her eyes, she gave her name, Remo, and whispered only one sentence… “I must return to the flower patch…”

Garakowa clips

Clips from the movie.

To put it simply Garakowa is a very pretty movie that crammed an idea for a 12-episode anime into 60+ minutes. In that regard it did a good job because after finishing the movie I wanted to see a concept like this fleshed out more in a 12-episode show. What we got from the movie itself though was solid.

On the surface it is a sci-fi flick about two anti-virus software in the shape of magical girls who combat monstrous creatures called “Viruses”. The battles themselves are short and to the point, not being the actual highlight of the movie. They are part of it but not the best parts. What the movie is really about, besides having three cute girls chilling and doing cute things, is a conversation piece about existence, bringing up topics such as the difference between reality and fiction, what it means to feel, whether inorganic or digital beings can feel, among other topics. These topics and more are what move the plot forward and the setup for the more dramatic moments in the movie and twists. There is little else to say about the movie beyond that. Perhaps the topics will intrigue people into having interesting conversations regarding emotions and the meaning of existence. Other than that it is a movie with occasional fights against monsters, girls conversing reasonably deep topics, chilling, going through dramatic moments capped by a tense climax.

As mentioned above the animation quality is beautiful and the soundtrack’s neat. If nothing else the movie is a visual treat worth watching for that alone. Obviously I am not saying the movie would not be as good if it did not look pretty as it is good but visually it is splendid and worth mentioning.

Remo, Dorothy and Dual

Concept art for the three protagonists as they look much better in the movie.

The three leads include the following. Dual, the serious girl who learns to open up more. Dorothy, the hothead who lightens up and Remo, the cute girl who is the driving force behind the movie’s plot and the one who will have a huge impact in the anti-virus software’s lives.

Overall Garakowa is a fun, simple movie on the surface but somewhat complex deep down. It could have benefited far more had it been a 12-episode show but as it stands it is a solid, visually appealing romp. Recommended to animeniacs who enjoy magical girl media with interesting conversation topics.

 

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16 Responses to 275th G-View: Garakowa: Restore the World

  1. Rin says:

    While Remo is the major driving force for the characterization (specially for Dorothy, as Dual was already developing feelings before Remo appeared), I think the one driving the plot is actually Dual. Our introduction to this virtual world is when Dual deletes Sumire at the beginning of the movie. It’s also Dual who decides to take Remo in after they save her (Dorothy wanted to delete her). Dual also takes the decision to travel between the different virtual worlds. Also most of the flashbacks and dream-like scenes explaining the backstory of the movie (what happened with Sumire and her family) are all from Dual’s point of view.

    The way I see it Dual is the MC while Remo is the heroine.

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    • OG-Man says:

      That is true. Perhaps a better term is Remo being the catalyst of the events that unfolded. Dual did already have conflicting emotions before meeting Remo but it was Remo who ultimately led to said emotions surfacing and Dual slowly accepting them.

      You are correct though. Dual is the central protagonist.

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  2. Denny Sinnoh says:

    Good. I’m adding it to my Crunchyroll queue, if it has the no sausages seal of approval.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. MarkS00N says:

    Wait, this is a movie?
    I remember only see the title and some artwork and for some reason thought it’s going to be a series…
    Now I know why I never found it when I see through tv series schedule…

    Thanks for reviewing this and it’s time for me to download it now…

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  4. josefcd904 says:

    I saw this earlier this week. I rather enjoyed it. But my problem, seemingly like you, was that it felt too short. It did a great job in those 60 minutes. But I would have loved to see a more fleshed out 12 episode series. There more on the characters could be seen then in a simple glance.

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  5. x says:

    I like this movie, but they should add in more detail in the movie

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Star Light says:

    Sir, you have earned my like!

    Liked by 2 people

  7. yurimylove says:

    the visual quality is superb no doubt! Dual and Dorothy are both so PRETTY and i love their cosume too. If only my own anti-virus program were half as cute…

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  8. Crimson Crusader says:

    This movie was quite a treat to see during AFA15 in Singapore, with the whole experience that even has elements of the Matrix Trilogy!

    I definitely will be looking forward to seeing the movie dubbed in English.

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